Time Management – How Do You Score?
1. Do you start your day early
What does your morning routine consist of? Do you eat a healthy breakfast and get straight to work? Or do you waste time on unimportant tasks?
2. Do you prioritise your tasks
Do you organise your to-do list? When you begin, do you focus on difficult tasks first to get them out of the way, or do you tackle smaller jobs to build momentum? There is no right or wrong way, just as long as you are productive.
3. Do you use calendars or daily planners
Do you plan what needs to be done? Or do you go through a mad rush at the finish line and miss any deadlines?
4. Do you set and respect deadlines
Do you hold yourself accountable for your deadlines? Do you truly respect and value your time?
5. Do you focus on one thing at a time
Are you constantly multi-tasking or do you focus on one task at a time? The truth is that multi-tasking often diminishes my quality of work.
6. Do you limit distractions
Are you constantly interrupted by emails, IMs, phone calls, or disruptive noises? Do you strive to avoid and eliminate all distractions or do you inadvertently invite them?
7. Do you take frequent breaks from difficult tasks
Do you step away from a project to refresh your mind? Or do you try to work even if your exhausted? Often you need a mini-break to re-gain your energy and creativity.
8. Do you set a specific time to check email or return phone calls
Do you set boundaries for routine tasks? Do you limit disruptions by setting appropriate times for communication with others?
9. Do you use a timer and set time limits
Do you often lose track of time? If so, perhaps a timer will help you stay on track and avoid procrastination.
10. Do you outsource or delegate tasks to others
Do you dread certain tasks? Who can I ask for help to get things done?
11. Do you set reasonable goals
Do you break down tasks into manageable chunks? Or do you try to tackle the impossible?
12. Do you use your commuting time wisely
Do you sleep on the journey to work? Or do you use the time wisely to catch up on your emails, reading, or work?
13. Do you use automation and computers to save time
Are there ways to automate repetitive tasks? Can you use templates or web-based tools to help you get things done faster? If you’re unsure how, perhaps you can ask colleagues or friends for ideas.
14. Do you organise your desk and computer files
Is your desk clear of paper piles and your computer optimized to find what you need? Or does clutter surround you making it difficult to get things done?
15. Do you reward myself for a job well done
Do you offer yourself an incentive for a job well done? Do you work faster and harder when you have something to look forward to?
16. Are you decisive
Do you make decisions quickly? Or do you waste too much time weighing the pros and cons?
17. Do you choose not to micromanage
Do you lead by example and give people the space they need to get things done? Or are you constantly pressuring yourself and others?
18. Are you able to say no
Do you take on more than you should? Or are you assertive and say no from time to time?
19. Do you take advantage of your Prime Time
When motivated, do you take immediate action? Or do you let that energy fade as you get distracted by the details?
20. Do you only allow positive thoughts into your mind
Do you have encouraging thoughts in your mind that help you to focus on getting things done? Or do you get frustrated and discouraged when a challenge springs up?
If you have answered No to any of the questions above, you may like to download my free tips booklet from http://www.thetimedoctor.co.uk/20-top-tips/ which will help you to turn a No into a Yes.
Till next Time
The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner